Skip to main content

Weekly Reading Recap

book and coffee

Happy Monday! One of my blog goals for 2016 is to participate in this meme every week. So here I am again. Let's see if I can keep this going! Another goal is to publish at least one review each week, and last week I actually published two! It's quite amazing!

Blog posts and reviews

One of those reviews is also a giveaway so be sure to check it out and possibly win a copy of The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee. The giveaway ends at midnight Tuesday night!

I also published a review of the highly popular book The Good Girl by Mary Kubica.

What I'm reading

Since last week, I finished The Good Girl and started a new book that was actually written by my friend's cousin: Circle of Betrayal by Jaqueline Simon Gunn. So far it's engaging, although a bit more "adult content" than I'm used to (but I'm sure that appeals to many of my readers... you know who you are!). I'm intrigued with this psychological mystery written by a clinical psychologist.

What my kids are reading

M, who is in 3rd grade, is still working on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. She's actually lying on my office floor right now immersed in this book. I'm hoping she is able to finish it up soon and move on to the next one. She is definitely loving the Harry Potter series!

Carter, who is in 6th grade, read Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War II by Joseph Bruchac. Then we found a great list of books for teen boys and he picked out The Alchemyst by Michael Scott. He was intrigued by the connection to Harry Potter since it's about Nicholas Flamel. Assuming he likes this one, I expect he will be reading the rest of the series as well.

I'm linking up with Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading? as well as Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts for the children's and YA version of this weekly gathering. What are you reading? Please share in the comments!

Comments

  1. Well, you're off to a good start on 2016! I am behind already - probably still trying to do too much!!

    I'd like to read The Good Girl - heard a lot of good things about it.

    Hope your son enjoys The Alchemyst - we listened to the first book on audio and liked it.

    Enjoy your books this week -

    Sue

    Book By Book

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love how you include your children's reading in the post.

    Circle of Betrayal sounds good. I like psychological mystery every once in a while.

    Have a good week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love seeing how your child is hooked on Harry Potter. My own girl started reading (and liking) Harry Potter the year she turned 13, and she simply couldn't get enough of it.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…

Book Review: No Story to Tell by KJ Steele

Victoria has been put down since the day she was born. First by her parents who were disappointed that she survived while her twin brother died. Then by her verbally abusive husband and his low-life friends. But soon an intriguing artist named Elliott arrives in town and starts encouraging Victoria to follow her dream of opening her own dance studio. She also begins to receive phone calls from a mysterious someone who gets her to open up about her past and face her true feelings.

In No Story to Tell, KJ Steele has captured the small-town atmosphere and brought these characters to life. From the victimized Victoria, to her drunk and obnoxious husband Bobby and his drunk and obnoxious friends, to all the side characters who you'd expect to encounter in a town like this ~ all are so realistic in both their actions and their voices. She has written a compelling story of an abused woman who thinks she is trapped in this loveless, miserable existence. But then she finds a spark of hope…

Book Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Title: I See You
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Genre: thriller
Published: February 21, 2017
Format: ebook (NetGalley)
Source: publisher
Buy on Amazon(affiliate link)


Have you ever felt like someone was watching you? You will after reading Clare Mackintosh's latest release I See You. Told from the perspectives of two women, one who appears to be targeted by a criminal and the other who is the police officer working the case, this psychological thriller will have you looking over your own shoulder by the end.

Zoe is a typical working mother who takes the Underground through London to her office every day. Like most commuters, she has a routine that she follows every day, leaving home at the same time, sitting in the same train car, taking the same route to work from the station. It's habit. But she starts to realize this may not be a good idea after seeing her own photo in an advertisement in the newspaper. Another woman who appears in the advertisement is murdered and Zoe starts to ge…